Posted on: September 9, 2014

Importance of Reinforced Garage Doors

It is still extremely important to make sure your home is properly protected in the event of a storm. Garage doors play a critical role in protecting your home, especially if you live in a hurricane-prone region. If you do not have a tested, wind-rated door, high winds can force it out of the opening, causing an uncontrolled buildup of internal pressure and ultimately a blowout of your home’s roof and supporting walls.

The adoption of the International Building Code (IBC) means wind load is no longer an issue exclusive to Florida and other hurricane hot spots.

States like Kansas, Missouri, Utah, Nevada and California also have wind load reinforcement requirements for garage doors because of wind speeds related to the terrain and weather in those regions. Here in South Florida, hurricane rating is extremely important. You can see on the following diagram the wind-borne debris regions. We are right in the middle of it!

Map of wind-borne debris regions

Make Sure Your Home is Protected

Click HERE to determine your Windcode Rating. You can also call Broten Garage Door Sales for help in determining if you have a wind-rated door.

Don’t wait until it’s too late. Your garage door is the largest opening in your home. Make sure it is strong enough to protect you. Explore our hurricane-rated garage doors


Garage Doors, Hurricanes